Photography at Cambodian funerals helps mourners express grief

.A mourner uses his smartphone to capture an image of the flag-draped corpseImage: holly robertson/mashable For two weeks, crowds of mourners streamed into a Buddhist pagoda in Phnom Penh’s east, clutching lotus flowers and incense. They had come to pay their respects to Kem Ley, a popular Cambodian political analyst who was gunned down as he bought his morning coffee… Read more »

A man studied photography in prison. These are the photos he took when he got out.

When Donato Di Camillo was a kid, his family couldn’t afford film for their Polaroid camera. So instead, he ran around the house with a film-less camera pretending to be a hotshot photographer on an African safari, mimicking the heroes behind iconic photos he saw in the discarded National Geographic magazines his dad grabbed for him out of the garbage…. Read more »

Saving the giant panda population through photography

(CNN)Ami Vitale has got President Obama beat. In China, where the photographer was documenting panda activity, her work was so well received that Wolong National Nature Reserve program director Zhang Hemin allowed her to hold two baby pandas. (The leader of the free world only got to hold one.) But this was not Vitale’s first passion. She was originally a… Read more »

Moscow gallery closes US photography exhibit after protester throws urine

Private art gallery shutters exhibit by Jock Sturges after pro-Kremlin senator said the images qualified as child abuse because they show naked young girls A private art gallery in Moscow has hastily closed down an exhibition of pictures by US photographer Jock Sturges after a pro-Kremlin senator labelled them child abuse images and a protester threw urine at some of… Read more »

Seeing is believing: documentary photography from Francis Bacon to 9/11

A human crib sheet, Bacons model wrestlers, and crime scenes real and imagined a new show at the Michael Hoppen gallery examines documentary photography in all its complexity There is a quiet power to Simon Norfolks black-and-white study of what looks like an ordinary staircase in a nondescript house. What strikes you first in this photograph which features in a… Read more »